Hawaiian Tropic Zone, the suntan-theme Times Square restaurant with waitresses in bikinis and a menu by David Burke, announced today that it would be launching a $500,000 renovation after serving 1,000,000 customers.
The renovation is under direction of architect Robert Parnes of Tobin & Parnes Design Enterprises. The plan is to consolidate the 200-seat restaurant on the second floor of the building, vacating the street-level space to free up 3,100 square feet for a new retail tenant.
The restaurant will be closing for renovations February 8, so there are a few days left if you need to get in there before it reopens on May 1.
If you visit the website, you can see photos of the "table concierges" and read about their "guilty pleasures," "pet peeves" and favorite celebrities. Unfortunately there's no page for Burke, so we don't get to find out his feelings on rude people or guys who have dirty nails. Maybe he could borrow Melanie's leopard print bikini.